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Poster: Edsel Date: Sep 24, 2013 4:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows?

Dead, 22 times from '67 to '91.
Blue Cheer at The Western Front was probably the loudest, with Grand Funk, and Black Sabbath hanging right in there.
Still playing in a band, and my hearing seems the same as it ever was, which amazes me.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Sep 24, 2013 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows?

200 Dead shows and subsidiary bands. I Lived in the bay area and then moved to CT. So always w/in easy driving range (<5 hours)of so many shows. From 1980 until 1983 it was pretty much all I did...and I rarely left the Bay Area. Then I decided I needed more $$$ to keep the habit fulfilled so I got a degree or two...funny thing about college - it didn't interrupt my real life all that much - easy to drive back and forth from Danbury CT to Worcester each night. Danbury to Philly and of course every show in NYC from 1983-1987. 1988 is when the show disruption started - graduation, job, long term girlfriend etc, I saw more shows in '87 alone than I did from '88-'95.

I saw at least 200 other big concerts including front row at a Who general admission show. My ribs still hurt from being crushed against the railing(we thought we would test our line waiting skills in the big leagues). The Clash at the Warfield Theater was likely the loudest thing my ears have been exposed to.

I play in as many bands as I can. Bass and or guitar. And I'm a sound guy so I get exposed to other folks music as well. I have a fully equipped jam room in my house. I had my ears checked not long ago, still 30% above average. Doc said that was typical of musicians/music obsessives, our hearing starts out so much more sensitive than average. I frustrate my wife by playing the TV at extremely low levels, she can't hear it but I can.

When I go backpacking into the deep silence I can hear Bobby's slide if I listen closely - it's not tinnitus but badscreechingslideitus.